March 17, 2017-How to value Creative CHAOS

Dear March,

I have read a lot of “how to” advice and I feel a bit confused: do you have a rule of thumb about the best way to be effective and to materialize my wishes?

For example, I wish my room to be tidied while I am writing, to see the trousers and sweaters go directly on the right drawers, I see a vacuum cleaner and even small etiquettes with the names of each category;

I also see myself dressed, clean, with perfect hair and nails, in my impeccable outfit;

I see job applications completed by themselves, and future employers astonished at the profile and qualities they read. Not to mention the style of the application, absolutely perfect.

I also see all my finances in order, bills, …

My handbag is also very much ordered, my library, my head.

How is this possible?

It is so funny but at the café I am right now, I listen to people make comments on other people. Two friends in French and a couple in Portuguese.

And me?

I see my book advancing at a rhythm I couldn’t imagine; and another book written; and a translation of my current book in English.

All this happens while I lay here, and I relax in front of my coffee cup. In London.

All this happens miraculously.

But even if all this order and perfection is not present at the moment, I am quiet happy with the messiness and creativity of my imaginary musings 😉

I see people inviting me to give lectures on my books, which have a great impact.

And the love of my life by my side but respectful of my writing time and need for alone moments.

After all, order is born from chaos and creativity needs a chaotic moment;

 

March 9, 2017- How to make a mistake and still feel confident :-)

 

Hello there March,

I had a discussion with a friend yesterday about making mistakes and still feeling Great! It is a bit challenging to realise you did something “stupid” and still feel so intelligent and on top of things.

My friend told me she is a pessimist, but she goes about with a huge smile. So different perspectives could work differently for different people. I proclaimed myself an optimist, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling messed up sometimes.

And then what?

Is there a way to fix things?

And to boost self-confidence?

Here are some ideas I found:

http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/6-ways-to-boost-your-confidence-after-making-a-big-mistake.html

February 26, 2017- How to expand Time: speed up by slowing down

Hi February,

apparently Hermione Granger received a gift in order to expend time in one of Harry Potter’s books, but is there another way?

So that I feel relaxed and people come to me and say when did you do all these things? You are in advance and so productive! You have Time for fun and Time to work. And all this with a smile. It is as if your day had twice as many hours and in the end, you are calm, full of energy and happy.

That is what they would say.

Now how do I get There from Here?

Here is some advice I found googling this topic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gabrielle-bernstein/meditation_b_4432223.html

February 22, 2017-A leap of faith!

Hello February

how do you know which is your priority? Weather, celebrations, flowers beginning to blossom. I was trying to focus on my writing and somehow I couldn’t.

I was divided between the direction I should take. There are so many things to do, taking me to different paths. How do I know which way to choose?

When I asked for advice, there was someone who told me I was too ambitious and I should not reach for the moon. But try for the closest star.

Somehow, this doesn’t agree with my personality.

On the other side, apparently. we should choose with our heart.

And take a leap of faith!

She took a leap of faith and grew her wings on the way down ...

 

 

February 19, 2017-A place to write on a Sunday afternoon in London

Hello February,

I thought it would be ok to take my computer and go work at a Soho café on Sunday. Well, it was nice to change neighborhood and to see new people, but as for working, I should probably forget it.

It was small and crowded, with great coffee, though.

I even tried two or three others in the area, packed with people having the same idea.

What do I exactly look for?

A comfortable café with a lot of space, half filled customers. So that you can amuse yourself with other people but they aren’t too many and noisy to completely distract you from whatever you are doing.

A place which is not a well-known chain but something more personalised.

So I went to the Foyle’s café on the 5th floor of the homonymous bookstore.

 

 

February 15, 2017-On Being a productive WRITER

Hello again February,

I tried to wake up at 6.00 for the last two days in order to be more productive with my writing and I have felt sleepy and moody for the rest of the day. I just wonder if I should stick to it or if I should go back to my old rhythm.

You see, the thing is I have become more productive but not much happier. And if I don’t find a way to be both, this is not going to last.

The main thing is I like to start my day day-dreaming. This is my best spot.

So working early and night-dreaming or daydream?

Both I guess.

Daydreaming is number one for a writer. And night-dreaming.

Then I can go back to my other writing.

I want to feel every day that I can change the world with my writing and my thoughts.

BECAUSE BEING A WRITER IS CHANGING THE WORLD STARTING FROM OUR OUR OWN!

 

 

 

February 15, 2017-Post St.Valentin celebration

Hello February,

after a friendly St Valentin looking at films, eating pizza with beer, lots of chocolates and talking about past ex-loves, I walk up with a mood today. So I checked my last two years St Valentine’s entries on this blog and saw I had a great time.

I need to change my mood and pick up a better one.

St Valentine, give me some help here!

http://www.2travelandeat.com/France/patisseries.glace.chocolat.fashion.gateaux.html

February 11, 2017: Back in action, for a busy weekend

 

Hello February

I feel motivated to feed me properly and have all the energy necessary for my plans!

Winter or no, rain or snow, I have things to accomplish.

Not even St-Valentine can stop this urge for action.

Or maybe there is a St-Valentine dimension to it also.

To begin with, I found myself with a mac for the first time, decided to accelerate at the rhythm of this machine.

 

http://www.filmjuice.com/scarlett-johansson-action-girl/

 

 

February 10, 2017- Resourcefulness and Creativity for a Breakthrough

Hello February,

I am going around trying to define my breakthrough goal for the next semester, the one that will lift me off my feet. And I think I got it. I want to work for one of the most prestigious art institutions. Why?

Why?

Because it is like a meeting place for interesting people and resources.

It is where action takes place.

And where energy moves.

I want to get there.

Yes!